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TRIP CODE IH20 In-dept Cultural Tour

DAYS
8
DEPOSIT FROM
84 €/pp
PRICE FROM
840 €/pp

8 DAYS

6 NIGHTS

22 LANDMARKS

8 UNESCO SITES

GROUP SIZE

2- 12 PERSONS

6 NIGHTS

IN 3 * & 4 * HOTELS

INCLUDED MEALS

6 BREAKFASTS, 6 DINNERS

TRANSPORTATION

PRIVATE COACH, VAN, CAR

TEAM

CERTIFIED LOCAL GUIDE & DRIVER

Tour Overview

Our 8-day cultural and adventure tour takes in many of Persia's iconic highlights while also uncovering some different insights into the Persian lifestyle. History comes to life with your visit to Golestan palest complex in Tehran, King Darius' gigantic Royal palaces in Persepolis, Naghshe Jahan square in Isfahan, and many more. Allow the lut desert to imprint on you with its unique beauty; Follow the footsteps of Marco Polo along the ancient trading routes of the Silk Road. Lose yourself in the labyrinthine Bazaars of Isfahan and Shiraz, where you barter for traditional handicrafts and get to know the warm-hearted people of this ancient land.

Highlights at a Glance:

Step back in time to the cradle of Persian civilization! Explore, discover, and dream where history began in the Land of the Persians. Stand in awe before the fascinating scenery and ancient wonders of the Kingdom of Achaemenid. Embark on one of your life’s greatest journeys.

Itinerary Details

Today you will make your way to your selected gateway Airport for your international flight to Tehran, Iran. Embark on an exclusive and unique small group journey through magnificent Persia and discover this country's deep and rich history and its archeological wonders. Upon arrival at IKA International Airport, meet and greet by an Irangard Travel representative and be transferred to your hotel in the heart of Tehran. You will have time to refresh before embarking on an enthralling tour of this city brimming with culture and history.

Overnight: Tehran
Meals:

Welcome to the Iranian capital city, Tehran. A megacity which generously steeped in history and standing as one of the largest cityscapes in the Middle East, where there is much to be discovered. Today, you will enjoy a full-day tour of Tehran, taking in the main sights of the city; This morning starts with a visit to the sumptuous Golestan Palace Complex (UNESCO World Heritage Site) where you will enjoy visiting a masterpiece of the Qajar era, embodying the perfect integration of Persian crafts and architecture with European influences. Next, you will spend some time taking a stroll around the Tehran Grand Bazaar, which is located a few steps far from Golestan Palace and is one of the largest covered ones in the world. In the afternoon, you visit the National Museum of Iran, displaying the most impressive collection of prestigious relics and historical findings. The selection here displays the nation's rich cultural heritage and civilization. In the evening, before you will be transferred to Tehran domestic airport for your flight to Shiraz, you will visit the magnificent Azadi Tower that is the most famous iconic landmark of Tehran commissioned to celebrate the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.

Overnight: Shiraz
Meals: Breakfast , Dinner

You will take a beautiful day of sightseeing to explore both the past and present of Shiraz today. In this charming city with exciting sites to visit, you will first visit the Tomb of the Persian poet Hafez with its flower-filled gardens. Next, you will have time to explore and shop in the bustling Vakil Grand Bazaar. Before leaving the Bazaar, sample the local Saffron ice cream and the Shirazi Faloodeh. It is a delicious combination of rice noodles, iced rosewater, and sugar, and then mixed with a touch of lemon juice. The afternoon will be devoted to discovering the colorfully decorated Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque (the Pink Mosque), where sunlight streaming through its colored glasses and windows. Next up is an interesting visit to the Eram Garden(UNESCO world heritage site), an architectural marvel from the Qajar era and a precious gem among all the typical Persian Gardens in Shiraz with its sour orange and palm trees. Time permitting; the rest of the afternoon, you will visit Hamzeh Shrine, a revered Shia shrine noted for the glittering mirror work adorning its central dome. After admiring the landmarks of Shiraz, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight: Shiraz
Meals: Breakfast , Dinner

This morning, as soon as we have had our breakfast, we head out from Shiraz on a drive northeast to the desert city of Yazd. This memorable day takes you first to three magnificent Persian landmarks. Delve into 2500 years of Persian culture and civilization; your guide will lead you through the ruins of Persepolis (UNESCO World Heritage Site) that was once the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenes Empire. Darius the Great founded this palatial complex in the 6th century BC. Persepolis embodies all the glory as well as the fall of the Persian Empire. It was here that the Achaemenid kings received their subjects and celebrated the Persian New Year. You can pass through all palaces there in Persepolis and immerse yourself in the millennia of history and the tunnel of time. Later, proceed to Naghshe Rostam, where you explore the ancient Achaemenid Necropolis and Sassanian Rock Reliefs. In the afternoon, continue to Yazd, and Then in the old Fahadan District, you have the chance for a walk through the winding alley of the Fahadan Old Town (UNESCO World Heritage Site) before checking in to your hotel.

Overnight: Yazd
Meals: Breakfast , Dinner

The awesome desert city of Yazd is renowned for its unique desert architecture, regarded by UNESCO as one of the ancient towns on Earth, perfectly adapted to the harsh weather conditions of the surrounding desert. The Zoroastrian religion also survives in here where you visit the Temple of Eternal Fire. Afterward, you set out for the old Towers of Silence on the edge of the city, where in the past decades, the bodies of deceased Zoroastrians were placed and exposed to scavenger birds, which as per their beliefs, is the most sacred method of dealing with the dead. Next up is the Amir Chakhmaq Complex, where you will admire an awe-inspiring and prominent landmark comprising of a large square, a caravanserai, a Mosque, a Water Reservoir, several wind catchers and a Portal for Shia Religious Gatherings and ceremonies. Yazd is also best known for its sweets and confections. All Iranian and foreign visitors to this desert city must visit the local treasure of Haj Khalifa Confectionery next to the Amir Chakhmaq Square. Here, you can try the famous Iranian Baklava Pastries, Ghotab (Doughnut hole-shaped cookies), Lozenârgil (coconut diamonds), and Pashmak (cotton candy). In the afternoon, you will head out from Yazd on a pleasant drive west to the modern city of Isfahan. As the 17th-century capital of the Safavid Empire, Isfahan is for many may well be the climax of the journey. There is a lot to find out in this beautiful dazzling capital of Ancient Persia.

Overnight: Isfahan
Meals: Breakfast , Dinner

This day is dedicated to the exploration of one of the most glorious cities of Iran, Isfahan. Following breakfast, your guide leads you for a fascinating sightseeing tour around the most brilliant attractions of Isfahan's historical sites. Indulge in Isfahan's sophisticated charms and discover Naghsh-e Jahan Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the world's second-largest square with four amazing landmarks at four sides; Imam Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace and Isfahan Grand Bazaar. Next up is Chehel Sotun Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site); Shah Abbas II built this graceful pavilion in the 17th century for entertainment and court receptions. In the afternoon, you will visit a unique Carpet Gallery to know how to distinguish Persian carpets from fake ones. After a short break for tea and some sweets in one of the most beautiful Traditional Teahouses, you take a walk through the Isfahan Grand Bazaar and explore the best souvenirs of the country.

Overnight: Isfahan
Meals: Breakfast , Dinner

Following breakfast, you start your journey on an exciting day-trip to Kashan. On a fantastic route, you will have the chance to visit the crimson-colored old Village of Abyaneh, one of the last surviving Zoroastrian places to visit. Then, you move to Kashan, a beautiful city to visit  the Fin Garden (UNESCO World Heritage Site), which is one of the most beautiful Persian Gardens date back to the 17th century. Then continue exploring the awe-inspiring House of Boroujerdiha. In the evening, you will be transferred to Tehran international airport to catch your onward or homebound flight.

Overnight: No Accommodation
Meals: Breakfast , Dinner

Today marks the end of your tour to Persia.

Overnight: No Accommodation
Meals:

Itinerary Map

Travel Route

Tehran 450 KM 2
Shiraz 450 KM 2
Yazd 450 KM 1
Isfahan 450 KM 2
Kashan 450 KM 1

We are one of the few Iranian tour operators to include as many inclusions as possible into our tour packages. There are no hidden charges on your tour. The list of inclusions is very abundant and covers entrance fees, meals, transport, accommodation, and tour guiding, to name a few! Our quest is to limit the group size to a maximum of 12 guests! This will surely give us great flexibility in our itineraries, and we can adjust our tours depending on the group interests.

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The single supplement refers to a travel industry premium surcharged to solo travelers to compensate for a hotel for losses incurred because only one person is staying in a room. Our tour prices are calculated based on the standard-room charge that is divided between two persons sharing a twin or double room during the tour. If a solo traveler prefers to stay in their own hotel room, the single supplement is then an additional charge to cover the full cost of the room. Please bear in mind that paying the price of a room's single supplement reserves the right to occupy a single room alone, without any room sharing. In some cases, the rooms available are of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some rare cases, they may be smaller. Kindly check the amount of single supplement for every Iran trip that you intend to join!
In 2019, IrangardTravel accepted only about 60% of Tour leader and tour guide applicants. Applicants for the leader/guide position have to endure a strict process of selection that entails an all-around application review, different stages of interviews with the top managers of our travel company. Many of our present leaders are teachers, lecturers, and professionals with a bachelor's and often a master's degree in history, architecture, art history, tourism management, etc. Candidates who have already been selected as our tour guides/leaders are familiar with their tasks; they are committed to being professional, friendly, flexible, resilient, resourceful, and proactive. We at IrangardTravel endeavor to provide you and your group with the services of an experienced and certified tour guide who serves you from the very first seconds of your arrival to the last ones of your departure. Once your adventure in Iran starts, our tour guide is there to serve you. The tour leader's main task is to take the hassle out of your trip and to help you have the best moments of your trip to Iran. Your appointed local guide has an excellent command of English, is specially trained for our tour programs. Your guide will provide unique information on every place of interest and sightseeing you are going through, offer the best possible suggestions for things to do, and visit, recommend best local venues for eating-out, and introduce you to the widespread norms, values, and customs of the Persians. You can expect your guide to having a vast specialized knowledge of the places visited during the trip, including cultural, religious, and social, historical aspects. Meanwhile, to serve our clients better, our tour guide staff is fluent in several languages such as English, German, Russian, Arabic, Greek, Chinese, Italian, and Spanish.
In Iran, the usual dress code of the country must be observed. You should dress in a way that does not violate the cultural customs of the host country, because you are going to find out an Islamic state. All-female travelers must dress in public according to the Islamic rules in force in Iran. A headscarf and a coat reaching over the knees are obligatory for the women already upon entry to the country. The scarf does not necessarily have to cover the entire head and can have on pattern shapes and different colors. This includes clothing that is remote from the body, covering the body, e.g., a long, non-tailored coat in subtle colors, including long trousers or opaque stockings, or long trousers with a long-sleeved blouse. A woman who is traveling is best off with closed shoes, even if sandals are accepted. Make-up should only be applied discreetly. This must be worn in combination with opaque stockings or better with trousers. Men should wear long pants, but short shirts/T-shirts are no problem at all.
Effective as of September 2011, all travelers who lodge an Iran visa application, along with other visa requirements, should present an adequate medical travel insurance coverage issued by an Iranian or foreign insurance company. At Irangard Travel, we believe that safety is a major concern to all of us and it is one of the essential parts of your trips that should not be neglected. A medical travel insurance plan is, therefore, compulsory whenever you start your travel to Iran. As such, we strongly suggest that once you book and confirm your journey, you take out insurance from a reliable company that includes adequate coverage for lost or damaged baggage, medical expenses, and the cost of emergency repatriation to the home country in case of a medical emergency. You should be aware that it should clearly be stated in the insurance policy that its coverage is exclusively valid for Iran during your trip, and it offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved. We at Irangard travel can provide you with comprehensive travel insurance that is adequately tailored for your Iran trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed in the itinerary.
IRAN is a conservative Islamic country. The Iranian government strives to implement Islamic laws very strictly and enforced it on their people. According to Islamic law, Alcohol is completely banned in Iran. This restriction includes brewing, consuming, importing, and selling all kinds of alcoholic drinks. Officially, there is no chance that you can get hold of Alcohol in the country. It is also strictly illegal to bring any alcohol over the border or to cross the border. Therefore, travelers are not allowed to take advantage of any duty-free alcohol allowance when entering Iran. It is important to note that since your luggage will be randomly checked by X-ray upon arrival at the Iranian international airports, you are advised to take no risk of carrying Alcohol into the country! Convicted offenders face fines and imprisonment. Iranian law strictly prohibits the taking of obscene matter and controversial literature to the country. Any transfer or attempt to transfer such illegal material to Iran is punishable under Iranian law.
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